Thursday, December 16, 2010
PS Watch out for the world's first child-friendly zebra crossing:-)
Thursday, December 2, 2010
It has really made me stop and reflect on my practice as a teacher, a person and a mother! Am I truly listening when children talk to me? Sadly, the more I read the more I realise I need to really work on my listening skills! Isn't it funny that as a teacher we are often focusing on developing listening skills in children and I wonder if we are role modeling good listening skills ourselves. How many times when children are trying to engage us in conversations are we actually doing other things, thinking about other things or saying "hang on a minute..." In my role as an Early Years Facilitator for Core Education I have had the opportunity to delve deeper into this question with many teaching teams. As incredibly reflective practitioners we have all walked away with new ideas and strategies for truly listening to children.
When children are telling us their stories it is giving us an amazing opportunity to learn about their interests. It is also giving us an insight into the knowledge and experiences they have. By gaining this knowledge we are able to offer experiences to further inspire, motivate and challenge their thinking and learning. I have found these 5 tips (from Lisa Burman's book) to be very useful for teachers to reflect on their practice.
- Pause and reflect on the ways you listen closely to children.
- Pause and become more conscious of the questions you ask.
- Pause and become aware of the time you give children to think before you continue the conversation.
- Pause and become aware of how you might unintentionally lead children to your ideas instead of exploring their own schema.
- Pause and become a more skilled teacher by reflecting on your role as a listener to young learners.
In my daily work with children and teachers (including my own children!) I will be focusing on truly listening and sharing the ideas and strategies that Lisa Burman gives us for fostering conversations that help young children learn.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I especially liked her summing up statement "Change is a normal part of society, it's just like brushing your teeth." If only everyone thought like this....
Thanks to Eva-Maria for sharing her perspective.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Finally got organised with twitterrific today - hoping it is going to help be become a better tweeter! I have seen the benefits of following like minded people on twitter and know there is a real value in sharing links, ideas and resources via twitter. Wish me luck!
This is a great blog post by Sarah Stewart who is the Facilitator for Facilitation Online 2010 for those of you still wondering about twitter and learning....
Teaching, Learning and Twitter.
About to attend first online twitter event for #FO2010 - Questions below awaiting answer:-)
- What worked well?
- What did not go so well?
- What skills or resources do you need to network and facilitate meetings using Twitter?
- How do you see yourself using Twitter in the future, if at all, for online facilitation?
- What do you need to do develop an effective online network that you can use for your online facilitation?
- What tips can you share about online networking that will help us improve our online facilitation skills?
Thursday, September 2, 2010
- Building up professional learning networks.
- Potential to utilising social networking sites to draw people in. An example being "younger teachers" who are avid users of facebook - bringing in the professional element alongside the personal.
- Utilising social networking sites to strengthen people's engagement and participation in online communities.
- Facilitators role to inspire participants to contribute to the online community via social networking sites.
- Participants - skills and knowledge - where they are at
- Without guided facilitation it can go off on "wrong" tangents - need to retain professionalism
- Ability to have a group social networking site alongside personal social networking - professional vs personal
- Real time learning
- Comfort of your own home
- Resources/readings on tap in your own time
- Building up a wider learning community - can be global - not just within your city
- International perspectives can be woven into our learning
- Used facebook to promote professional learning opportunties eg EducampTaiTokerau/Ulearn
- CORE Education utilsing facebook to advertise professional learning opportunities and "news and updates"
"Gathering data is the first step to knowledge and wisdom but sharing data is the first step to community." Henry Gates
Thursday, August 19, 2010
- What is online facilitation?
- What skills do you need as an online facilitator?
Skills in engaging participants
People skills and strategies for encouraging all participants to become involved
Content knowledge and the skills to deliver it effectively
Supporting all ideas
Having the ability to "gently guide"
- How does a facilitator build an online community or network?
Wanting to share your knowledge, skills.....
Enthusiasm for your topic
- What are the key things to remember when facilitating an event, meeting or education course, especially when working with people who are new to online technology?
Having practice runs with participants who aren't so confident
Knowing and sharing the fact that technology does go wrong!
Allow time for everyone's voice
Allow time at the beginning to sort out "techy issues"
Time at the beginning for participants to introduce themselves, give them previous "warning" about this so they can be prepared.
- What is the difference between teaching and facilitation?
- What is netiquette?